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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Yesterday at 08:55 PM
I shared that on FB, and a comment from one of my friends was.......

"That is the only legal squeeze box he ever groped".

I spit coffee out my nose.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Yesterday at 09:19 AM
SAw that this morning! Hilarious!
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Jan 13, 2017, 05:13AM
I think the one thing we can count on--if the shoe were on the other foot, the outrage would be exchanged.


THat's the point. THe shoe HAS BEEN on the other foot for 30 years.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jan 13, 2017, 05:11AM
This week's effort. 400 words is so inadequate.

THANKS, Obama

This week ends the most consequential Presidency in a generation, maybe since FDR. President Obama leaves office with an approval rating higher than anyone in the last 100 years other than Bill Clinton and FDR, and FDR had to die to get his.

When he walked in the door of the White House he was handed the worst economy any American President had faced since FDR after the GOP had caused the Great Depression. As he leaves the White House, the economy he is handing off is amongst the strongest any President has passed on in a generation or more.

An economy that was shedding 750,000 jobs a month on his inauguration has now experienced 75 straight months of positive job growth, a feat unequaled in our history. There have been 15.8 million jobs created during the Obama administration. Unemployment, which topped out at over 10% during the Bush’ Great Recession, is now 4.7% and hourly wages have grown by more than 3% in this last year.

While the recovery has been slow, it has been steady. It is now one of the longest on record, and has significantly outpaced the recoveries around the world. The $1.4 Trillion deficit Obama was handed has been reduced every year of his administration, and is now at its lowest since before the recession.



The stock market was in freefall as Obama took office, bottoming out below 7,000. It is currently hovering right at 20,000, an increase of better than 200%. Corporate profits are setting annual records every year.

Then, there’s Obamacare. It has reduced the uninsured rate by more than 50%, with more than 20,000 Americans having attained insurance under its umbrella.

On the domestic front, Obama ended DADT and marriage equality is the law of the land. Banks are no longer middle men in college loan programs. Illegal immigration is at a 60 year low and the border is more secure than it has been in decades despite GOP refusal to pass comprehensive reform.

Bin Laden and Qaddafi are dead, Mubarek is gone, there are no more chemical weapons in Syria, and ISIS has lost more than 50% of the territory it once claimed. There is a new SALT treaty, and Iran has been pushed from the brink of nuclear status.

This list is the tip of the Obama iceberg. History will rank him amongst our best Presidents ever.

Thanks, Obama!
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Jan 12, 2017, 12:46PM
The Russian hooker video will certainly turn out not to exist, but what we're getting to see out of it is Trump's inability to deal calmly with absurdities like that.

Do US Presidents in Moscow really stay at the Ritz-Carlton? I thought they typically stayed at the US embassy.

I'm a bit amused at the outrage over the "dossier". It's the same crap that has been done to the Clintons for 30 years.
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jan 11, 2017, 04:37AM
Amazing what, and how much, the FBI knew as far back as August, and yet all they released was the unfounded info on Clinton. I loved the back and forth between Comey and Angus King in the Intelligence Hearing yesterday:

FBI director: “We never confirm or deny a pending investigation.”

Senator: “The irony of your making that statement here, I cannot avoid.”
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: The election on: Jan 11, 2017, 04:30AM
I'm hoping (nay, praying) that Trump realizes that using nuclear weapons again would quite literally be the worst possible thing that we could do. Even those on the extreme ends of the political spectrum in Russia and China know that nuclear war only results in disaster. Hopefully, all of his talk is just that-talk and nothing else.

I will also miss Obama-he has consistently shown a level of respect and dignity that I think anyone of any political affiliation could appreciate (even though they don't...). 4 years should be long enough for most everyone to realize that Trump was a mistake and the Democrats will certainly put forth a suitable candidate (Biden seems to be a popular choice).

Biden would have been a far better choice this time than Clinton, but this was his window. It is time for the Dems to re-build around the next generation. We Baby-boomers have wrought enough destruction on this country. Someone like Cory Booker, Harold Ford, or some new freah face needs to step upand take over the party. Wonder what the new Trump/ Russia compromise is going to turn into.
8  Practice Break / Polls / Re: What sports do we play? on: Jan 11, 2017, 04:23AM
Haven't played much of anything since my last back surgery. Before that I did the evolution from baseball in college to softball in the adult world, and won several medals in racquetball at the Firefighter Olympics here in Florida over the years.
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jan 06, 2017, 04:46AM
I guess folks are in political withdrawal these days. THat is understandable. However, the rock rolls on, so.......

KARMA

Karma is an ancient Sanskrit concept that, literally, translates as “act”, “action”, or “word”. There are several well-used clichés that describe how the Buddhist/ Hindu law works.

“What goes around, comes around.”

“For every action there is an equal, and opposite, reaction.”

And, most appropriate, “You reap what you sow”.

As the GOP takes the reins of unified government in this country there are likely to be some massive doses of Karma experienced throughout this country. It will not be pretty.

For 6 years the GOP has vilified the ACA (Obamacare), slandering it with unending spin, distortions, and out right lies. They have used it like a cudgel to inflame their base. 60 times they sought to embarrass the sitting President by voting to repeal it, wasting thousands of hours of Congressional time and millions of dollars of taxpayer money, knowing it was safe and they could not really get rid of it.

Now, they are, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described it, like the dog that caught the bus. They do not know quite what to do.

You see, the truth of the ACA is that it is a pretty damn good law. Sure, it has some flaws. With a loyal opposition party those could have been fixed over the last 6 years. But fixing the law is not something that can be done overnight, and the GOP has painted themselves into the corner of having to repeal it immediately or risk an uprising of their ill-informed base.

That’s karma in and of itself. But, the true karma will be experienced by those in their base who are going to be drastically affected, in a negative way, by a repeal unless the GOP finds a way to do it without really doing it.

18 GOP Governors, many in states that used the ACA to expand Medicaid, are up for re-election in 2018. If millions of their constituents lose coverage due to repeal, the backlash could, and should, be devastating.

The ACA has a clause guaranteeing coverage to coal miners suffering from Black Lung Disease. That goes away with repeal. Those coal miners voted overwhelmingly for Drumpf and the GOP. That’s karma.

The GOP has put itself between a rock and a hard place over Obamacare. Based on their actions in the first day of the new Congress, it’s hard to see them doing anything but getting squashed.

KARMA!
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jan 02, 2017, 11:43AM
I did the last coulumn on deadline and wasn't happy with it. Because of the holiday, I got a chance for a do over........

The Pusherman

There is no better example of the destruction the baby-boomer generation has wrought on American society than the explosive power of “Big Pharma” in our era. One need only watch commercial television for an hour to be bombarded with the evidence.

It’s not where we started. Our post-adolescent awakening into the adult world was defined by an un-popular, unnecessary war halfway around the world that many of our generation were drafted to fight. We rebelled, taking to the streets and eschewing many of the standards and traditions of preceding generations.

Music was one avenue we used to express our disdain for the world as it existed. Perhaps no band came closer to writing an anthem for our generation than did Steppenwolf, with their iconic, “Born to Be Wild”. They also told our story with another, “The Pusherman”.

The story recognized, as the country is slowly, the difference between “grass” and hard drugs. Telling it like it is……
“You know I've seen a lot of people
walking around with tombstone in their eyes
But the pusher don't care, ah
if you live or if you die….
You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
with a lot of grass in his hand
Ah but the pusher is a monster
good god he's not a natural man….”

But, this column isn’t really about drugs. It is about how we, the boomer generation, gave this country, through the people we elected, over to the corporations and the >.01%. “Big Pharma” is a perfect example.

Advertisements for pharmaceuticals were not allowed on network TV until the people we elected allowed it. “Big Pharma” has paid vast sums of money to deny Medicare and the VA the right to bargain collectively for better drug prices, leading to us subsidizing drugs in countries with single payer systems. That’s why is it cheaper for Americans to cross into Canada to fill prescriptions.

We have an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in this country. Doctors have been, at the behest of “Big Pharma”, handing them out like candy for years now. Thousands of lives are destroyed, or lost, to this tragedy every year.

So, what do we see from “Big Pharma”? Ubiquitous TV ads for a myriad of drugs. Toenail Fungus? Erectile dysfunction? Baldness? Etc., etc., etc.? We have a drug for that. Oh, please disregard the 500 contraindications and side effects.

God Damn, goddam, the Pusherman!
11  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Bunker 2017 on: Jan 02, 2017, 04:38AM
I hope everyone here has their best year yet in 2017. IT is likely to be a rocky year here in the States. I hope it doesn't upset too many applecarts around the world.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Dec 30, 2016, 06:11AM
Took Christmas week off. Heading into the new year.......

The Pusherman

There is no better example of the destruction the baby-boomer generation has wrought on American society than the explosion of power “Big Pharma” has experienced in our era. One need only watch commercial television for an hour or so to be bombarded with the evidence.

It’s not where we started. Our post-adolescent awakening into the adult world was defined by an un-popular, unnecessary war halfway around the world that many of our generation were drafted to fight. We rebelled, taking to the streets and eschewing many of the standards and traditions of preceding generations.

Music was one avenue we used to express our disdain for the world as it existed. Perhaps no band came closer to writing an anthem for our generation than did Steppenwolf, with their iconic, “Born to Be Wild”. They also told our story with another, “The Pusherman”.

The story recognized, as the country is slowly, finally, the difference between “grass” and hard drugs. Telling it like it is……

“You know I've seen a lot of people
walking around with tombstone in their eyes
But the pusher don't care, ah
if you live or if you die….

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
with a lot of grass in his hand
Ah but the pusher is a monster
good god he's not a natural man….”

But, this column isn’t about drugs. IT is about how we, the boomer generation, when we became the majority voting bloc in this country, gave the country our parents and grandparents had built to the right wing and the corporations that own it.

       We elected Reagan. He stopped the enforcement of the Sherman Act, which gave the government some control over the monopolistic tendencies of corporations. HE also began the systematic disassembly of the American Labor movement. Both are major factors in the globalization and income inequality that has so many Americans so angry.

We now have an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in this country. Doctors have been, at the behest of “Big Pharma”, handing them out like candy for years now. Thousands of lives are destroyed, or lost, to this tragedy every year.

But, what do we see from “Big Pharma”? Ubiquitous TV ads for a myriad of drugs. Toenail Fungus? Erectile dysfunction? Baldness? Etc., etc., etc.? We have a drug for that. Oh, please disregard the 500 contraindications or side effects.

"God Damn, goddam, the Pusherman!"
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Dec 30, 2016, 04:51AM
As always, Dusty has his finger on the pulse of what really matters. THis was a great analysis of what the Drumpf election means, and where the USA is finding itself in the new world order......

http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2016/12/21/end-of-american-hegemony
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: The election on: Dec 25, 2016, 06:28AM
I too fear Trump and his flippant attitude regarding nuclear arms.  :(

He scares the crap out of me.  Eeek!

No worries. His fingers are too short to push the button.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Faux Nuze on: Dec 20, 2016, 08:55PM

I think the EC would be doing its constitutional duty if they voted for someone else, but I neither expected nor hoped it would happen. Given all the circumstances, it would be a calamity.


We are destined for a calamity, one way or another. That calamity occuring because the Constitution, as written, worked as it was designed would, almost certainly, have been preferable to the calamity we are in store for. I can only hope it doesn't end with the world blowing up. I am only marginally hopeful.
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Faux Nuze on: Dec 20, 2016, 04:56AM

3.  There was some form of voter suppression from one side or another.  Again, we don't have any concrete evidence of this.


????????????? Are you freaking kidding me?
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Understanding isn't the problem ... on: Dec 19, 2016, 06:52PM
He's appointed most of his cabinet. There is massive amout of action taken there tto vehemently disagree with.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Faux Nuze on: Dec 19, 2016, 02:39PM
In the Electoral College a voter in Montana get one vote for every 8 voters in California.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Faux Nuze on: Dec 19, 2016, 08:25AM

Note that I don't think the Russian hacks alone sunk Hillary. 


Russian shenanigans (hacking and fake news deluge), GOP voter suppression efforts, 25 years of witchunts, kangaroo courts, made up scandals, and tin-foil hat conspiracies........All of those contributed to turning the 70,000 votes Drumpf won by. BUT, no factor was nearly as large or damaging than the rogue FBI agents who illegally leaked information about Weiner's computer to the Drumpf campaign while with holding it from their Director. That and the FBI's non-reporting of the Russian efforts, which they knew about, while at the same time slandering Clinton over e-mails they knew were inconsequential is what gave the election to Drumpf. Anyone who believes in the rule of law in this country should feel that is potentially a bigger story than Watergate, and I hope the MSM will pursue it with the vigor they did in the '70's.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Faux Nuze on: Dec 18, 2016, 07:52AM

Let's see.... one the one hand we have the centuries old, trusted, MSM Boston Globe. On the other we have the newly minted, FakeNews.com HotAir.com. Yep, you're equally credible. What a frakking joke this country has become.
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